At Social Ventures Australia (SVA) we’re looking for truly innovative solutions to some of the most complex problems facing society. We are driven to change statistics like:

Issue Learn & teach wellIssue Learn & teach wellIssue Transition successfullyIssue Real jobs

The SVA Venture Philanthropy portfolio currently supports 15 ventures. To drive the change we seek, we build on our practical knowledge of effective practice in education, employment, housing and with First Australians.

More effective funding + more effective services = reduction in disadvantage in Australia

In parallel with our Venture Philanthropy portfolio, SVA provided venture support services to the following system change projects in 2016 – National Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools (NETDS), Restacking the Odds, and Happy Paws Happy Hearts.

Please contact Este Darin-Cooper for more information about how you could support the portfolio.

SVA venture portfolio

AIME

The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) believes in an Australia where Indigenous children finish high school at the same rate as all Australian students.

AIME

AIME is an educational program that gives Indigenous high school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to finish school at the same rate as their peers. By matching Indigenous high school students with university student mentors, AIME successfully supports the students to finish high school. AIME also connects students with post Year 12 opportunities, including further education and employment.

In 2014, AIME students completed Year 12 at a rate of 93%. The Indigenous average is 58.5% and non-Indigenous 86.5%.

An independent economic evaluation conducted by KPMG found AIME contributed $38 million to the Australian economy in 2012.

In the seven years SVA has partnered with AIME, we have distributed $1,266,417 with AIME’s a 61% average annual growth rate – beneficiaries being and a 50% average annual growth rate – turnover.

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BackTrack

BackTrack provides disadvantaged youth in regional communities the support, life skills and experience to pursue positive life pathways.

BackTrack

BackTrack is a non-profit, educational and life skills initiative for disadvantaged young people aged 11-19 years old from rural and remote communities who are simply, having a hard time. The program gives vulnerable young people the practical and emotional support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Almost 9 in 10 young people supported by BackTrack move into work, education or training. To date, BackTrack’s has worked with more than 1000 young people and generated impact within the local Armidale community in NSW.

SVA is looking to support BackTrack in strengthening its impact, growing its evidence base and impart learnings and methodology to youth workers and community groups in rural and regional Australia. Read more.

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Bright Spots Schools Connection

The Connection supports exceptional school leaders in disadvantaged communities to improve the outcomes of their students, so that every child in Australia has the chance to thrive.

Bright Spots Schools Connection

The Connection works with the leadership teams of schools in disadvantaged communities, engaging leaders to share knowledge and build expertise to improve learning outcomes for their students, comprising of:

  • Powerhouse Schools: high performing schools that test and prove approaches.
  • Star Hubs: networks of aspiring schools that share insights and best practice on school improvement.
  • Thought Leadership Gatherings: collaboratively engage all schools to network, share and improve practice.

The Connection works with 26 schools in disadvantaged communities across three states, reaching 1,700 educators and 15,500 students.

Over three years to 2015, SVA has distributed $1,594,000 to the Connection and the project has seen a 63% average annual growth rate – beneficiaries and 57% average annual growth rate – turnover.

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CareerSeekers: New Australian Internship Program

CareerSeekers works with leading corporations to create work experience and employment opportunities for qualified humanitarian entrants who aspire to professional employment in Australia.

CareerSeekers: New Australian Internship Program

The CareerSeekers program has been developed from learnings and experience gained from the renowned CareerTrackers program which SVA was involved in supporting since 2010. Launched in 2016, CareerSeekers supports mid-career professionals looking to re-establish their careers in Australia, and university students.

SVA is supporting CareerSeekers to refine this program model, and draw upon SVA’s leading expertise in work readiness and employment support for disadvantaged jobseekers in Australia. With our support, the CareerSeekers program aims for between 100 and 120 refugees and asylum seeker mid-career professionals to be placed in long-term skilled employment with leading Australian corporations. Read more.

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Dismantle

Dismantle supports at-risk young people in WA to achieve their potential. The social enterprise engages youth through a bike outreach program to help with transitioning young people into further education and employment pathways.

Dismantle

BikeRescue supports young people to improve their social and emotional well-being, while also building transferable skills. It is run in partnership with youth service providers, ensuring appropriate wrap-around support is available before, during and after the program. To date, Dismantle has supported over 500 young people in Western Australia through over 60 WA based partners.

SVA is looking to support Dismantle in developing a social franchise model for scaling BikeRescue into regional communities. The model recognises the importance of local program delivery for ensuring sustained outcomes in regional communities, and aims to enable Dismantle to train and equip local partners with the materials and support to effectively deliver the BikeRescue program themselves. Read more.

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eBeacon

eBeacon is an online platform launched in 2016 delivering the Beacon Foundation model to regional and remote Australian schools.

eBeacon

Beacon Foundation works in schools to help students make informed, aspirational decisions about their future pathways. It partners with students, teachers, employers and the broader community to deliver activities and events that complement the schools’ career curriculum and support young people transitioning from school to work.

SVA worked with Beacon to support the development of the ‘eBeacon’ platform, which provides online careers advice and enables industry to better connect with schools and education providers to support school to work transitions and enhance the employability and aspirations of students in Australia.

SVA provided input to the technology development strategy and technical design to ensure a cost effective platform was developed.

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Evidence for Learning

Evidence for Learning (E4L) helps great practice become common practice in Australian schools and early learning centres.

Evidence for Learning

With the support of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, SVA is building a social enterprise to increase the evidence of what works to improve student outcomes and why, and to make this more widely available and actively used. Evidence for Learning helps great practice to become common practice through:

  • Building new Australian evidence through the Learning Impact Fund.
  • Sharing evidence in easy-to-understand ways through the Teaching & Learning Toolkit
  • Encourage the use of evidence with practical guides, resources and networks.

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First Australians Capital (FAC)

First Australians Capital (FAC) is an Indigenous-led organisation providing new sources of capital and support for Indigenous businesses.

First Australians Capital (FAC)

SVA are proud to be incubating First Australians Capital (FAC), an Indigenous-led organisation that will provide new sources of capital and support for Indigenous businesses.

Upon its establishment in 2016, FAC will provide concessional capital and capability support to Indigenous social-purpose enterprises and social entrepreneurs. FAC’s services to enterprises will comprise capacity building, access to networks and development finance, with dedicated relationship management.

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High Growth Jobs, Talented Candidates

The High Growth Jobs, Talented Candidates project aims to build the capacity of employers to employ people with disability.

High Growth Jobs, Talented Candidates

The NSW Department of Family and Community Services has engaged SVA and the Australian Network on Disability to build the capacity of employers to employ people with disability through the High Growth Jobs – Talented Candidates project.

As part of this project, an online Access and Inclusion Index will be developed and a demand-led job brokerage approach implemented in high job growth industries. The two complementary and interlinked strategies will help to build connections between talented candidates with disability and selected NSW businesses in high growth industries. Read more.

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Industry Employment Initiative (IEI)

The Industry Employment Initiative (IEI) project is developing a demand-led employment model to improve the employment outcome for long-term unemployed jobseekers.

Industry Employment Initiative (IEI)

The IEI aims to effectively bridge the gap between national employers with vacancies and the many disadvantaged job seekers who are willing and able to work. It was developed to build an evidence base around what works, what is effective and what is efficient to support long-term unemployed job seekers to find work.

Since IEI’s conception in 2013, SVA has provided financial investment and technical expertise including:

  • Secured over $1 million in philanthropic funding for the pilot
  • Works with nine national employers across three states.
  • Capacity building supporting national employers to recruit and train disadvantaged young job seekers.
  • Developed a best-practice M&E framework that is peer reviewed to ensure lessons learnt are captured and evaluated, in preparation for scaling.
  • As of 2015, the project has a 62% average annual growth rate – beneficiaries and 103% average annual growth rate – turnover.

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Marnin Studio

Marnin Studio is an Indigenous art enterprise operating out of the Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre in Fitzroy Crossing.

Marnin Studio

Marnin Studio is the first venture in the WA Venture Philanthropy portfolio. It supports the local women to turn the things they love into products that can provide them with a source of income, as well as provide therapeutic aid, employment skills and empowerment to become leaders and change agents in their community.

SVA’s venture partnership is providing the seed funding and capacity building support to help the studio become fully sustainable through the sale of their products. Read more.

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Mimi’s House

Mimi’s House supports primary school aged children at risk of falling out of the school system in the Moreton Bay Region.

Mimi’s House

Mimi’s House, a program of Hope Centre Services, provides a child centred, early intervention support service for at risk children five to 10 years old from Indigenous, Pacific Islander and other low socio-economic background children.

Through a structured mentoring and nurturing program, Mimi’s House equips these children with the skills to manage stress and emotions, to enable them to engage in school/learning and improve educational attainment. The primary aim is to break the cycle of welfare dependency by giving them hope and life aspirations.

SVA is supporting Mimi’s House to expand their services; test and prove their model; build the evidence base around outcomes and pending positive outcomes, potentially replicate the model into other disadvantaged communities. Read more.

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Community Schoolyard

In partnership with the Department of Social Services we are testing a place based, collective impact approach to improving school to work transitions in Rooty Hill, NSW.

Community Schoolyard

Youth disengagement and unemployment is a pressing issue, impacting a high number of people aged 15 to 24 years old.

SVA are establishing a new collaboration to support the diverse efforts underway across the Rooty Hill community to help young people at Rooty Hill and Plumpton high schools make effective transitions into further education, training or employment.

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STREAT

STREAT aims to stop youth homelessness and disadvantage, one mouthful at a time.

STREAT

STREAT is a social enterprise helping homeless youth to have a stable self, stable job and stable home. Through its six hospitality businesses in Melbourne STREAT provides young people with supported pathways to employment – including assistance finding stable housing, vocational skills, improved mental health and well-being.

As of FY15, 437 young people have gone through the STREAT program with 60% of young people successfully transitioned into further employment/training, and STREAT reached 69% financial sustainability in FY15.

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Vanguard Laundry Services

Vanguard Laundry Services is a commercial laundry creating employment opportunities for people previously excluded from the workforce, predominately due to mental health conditions.

Vanguard Laundry Services

Vanguard Laundry Services is an innovative social enterprise launched by the Toowoomba Clubhouse, based in Toowoomba, Queensland. Through its in-house Career Development Centre, the laundry supports disadvantaged jobseekers into sustainable career opportunities with local employers, and provide training and career development. To date, the laundry has hired 23 long term unemployed people with a mental health condition and provided 10 people with career development pathway support.

SVA’s support will be focused on developing a financially sustainable business for Vanguard Laundry with scope for replication and further scaling to take advantage of social procurement opportunities. Read more.

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